Punjab Police nab 3 terrorists with explosives

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Jagraon, June 27 (UNI) The Punjab Police busted a Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) terrorist module, nabbing three of its member and seizing 34.50 kg explosives, including gelantine sticks last night.

Disclosing this at a media conference here today, Jalandhar Zone IGP, Sanjiv Kalra said that the three terrorists were nabbed near Dangin village on Jagraon link road by a police patrol party in Ludhiana Rural police district. The patrol party intercepted a jeep and on its search they found the explosives in a brief case.

The three occupants of the jeep--Amrik Singh, Daljit Singh and Sarabjit Singh, all of Moga were taken into custody. Later on during interrogation they revealed their links with the KZF.

The brief case contained gelantine sticks and powdered explosive material. The sticks bore the name of a Nagpur firm.

Mr Kalra said that the module was operating under the instructions of Hamburg based terrorist sympathiser, Surjit Singh Mehal, originally from Jalandhar. Their prime target was vital installations including railways, army cantonments and oil depots besides congested areas of cities of Punjab.

The IGP claimed that the three had been to Pakistan on numerious occassions and had been imparted training in handling explosives.

He said that this was the second seizure of gelatine sticks in this month in this police district.

Early this month, gelatine sticks weighing 24 kg was seized from two terrorists in Ludhiana rural police district. A Jaipur police team that had come here after this seizure had concluded that the explosives used in the serial blasts in the Pink City resembled the metrial used for making the gelatine sticks.

DIG Ishwar Singh who was also present said that further investigations in the case were being conducted. The three terrorists had been arrested under various sections of the IPC and the Explosives Act.

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